This is the most easterly Quebec riding and borders on Newfoundland and Labrador in the east. It runs from the St. Lawrence River in the south to north of Shefferville in the north. The riding contains the regional county municipalities of Manicouagan, Sept-Rivières, Caniapiscau, Minganie and the Lower North Shore. It contains many native reserves including Betsiamites No. 3, Lac-John, Matimekosh, Mingan, Natashquan, Maliotenam No. 27A, Uashat No. 27, Romaine No. 2 and the Indian settlement of Pakuashipi. Anticosti Island is also in the riding.
Iron ore mining, aluminum smelting, tourism and some fishing are primary sources of employment. The average family income is $58,084 and unemployment is 14.6 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, the aboriginal population is almost 10 per cent. The majority of the population live in Sept-Îles. Just over 83 per cent of the population cited French as a mother tongue, while almost six per cent cited English. The total immigrant population is less than one per cent. This riding voted 63 per cent in favour of sovereignty in the 1995 referendum.
In 2004, all the riding was retained and 43 per cent of Charlevoix in
the southeast was added. Manicouagan riding was established in 1966. The
1996 redistribution kept 95 per cent of the riding.
In 2004, Bloc Québécois candidate Gérard Asselin won
with more than twice the votes of his closest opponent, Liberal Anthony
Detroio. Ghislain Fournier of the BQ served two terms in Manicouagan from
The former Saguenay riding was Liberal from 1949 to 1958, then elected a Progressive Conservative for a single term and a Social Credit MP in 1962, again for one term. Liberal Gustave Blouin won in 1963 and 1965 in Saguenay, then went on to win another three terms in Manicouagan. Liberal André Maltais won in 1979 and 1980.
Progressive Conservative Brian Mulroney won the riding in 1984 and was
sworn in as prime minister shortly after. Mulroney ran in Charlevoix in
1988. In 1988, PC Charles Langlois won in Manicouagan. In 1993, Bernard
St. Laurent of the BQ defeated Langlois, but St. Laurent was found guilty
of illegally listening to conversations of an assistant in 1997. He was
given a discharge, fined $1,000, and put on probation. He then resigned
from caucus and announced he wouldn't run again.
1968-1980 inclusive - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth Date: April 19, 1950
Birthplace: Sainte-Flavie, Que.
Education: Diploma from Baie-Comeau Trade School
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Diane Gaudreault
Children: three: Robin, Kevin and Marie-Claude
Career Background: Foreman for metal workers, Canadian Soc. of Reynolds Metals, Baie Comeau
Community Activities: Was church warden at Saint-Sacrement Parish from 1978 to 1981
Municipal: Municipal councillor for the Nouveau Parti Municipal in Baie Comeau from 1979-1993
Federal: Elected in Charlevoix in 1993, 1997 and 2000. Elected in Manicougan in 2004
Party: President of the BQ in Charlevoix from 1992-1993. Vice-president of the Saguenay PQ from 1992-1993.
Organizer for the Yes committee in the 1980 referendum, and the No committee in the 1992 referendum. Actively participated in 1995
Committee: Former member: Environment and Sustainable Development; Natural Resources and Government Operations; Transport;
Fisheries and Oceans; and sub-committee on Marine Transportation of the Standing Committee on Transport
Caucus: Caucus vice-chair from 1997-98. Former critic areas were Natural Resources; Deputy Transport Critic
(Coast Guard and Port Privatization); Environment; Deputy Public Works and Government Services and Infrastructure; Forestry
Riding Address: 690, boul. Laure local 120, Sept-Iles, Que., G4R4N8
Tel: (418) 961-8023
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Marital Status: Married
Children: One son
Career Background: Consultant for a large company as a superintendent and project manager. Civil engineering consultant for a
North Shore municipality and is the commissioner of oaths for the judicial districts of Baie Comeau and Mingan.
He has also worked as a teacher.
Community Activities: Involved in major construction projects that have shaped the North Shore, such as Manicouagan and
Sainte-Margueritte 3. In the early 1990s, he founded the committee for the survival of North Shore workers.
Federal: Defeated as Canadian Alliance candidate in Charlevoix in 2000 and as a Conservative candidate in 2004
Tel: (418) 961-8023
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birthplace: Harrington-Harbour, Que.
Profession: Fishing boat captain
Name of Spouse:
Community Activities: Active in local organizations, including Parents in Action for Youth (PAY) and the Coaster's Association
Municipal: Former mayor of Mécatina
Party: Green Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1957
Birthplace: Montreal, Que.
Profession: Business person
Career Background: Trained as a carpenter. Served in the Canadian Armed Forces
Tel: (418) 766-2319
Party: New Democratic Party
Birth Date: 1972
Birthplace: Sept-Îles, Que.
Education: BA and MA in Political Science from Laval University
Career Background: Worked throughout the North Shore (Port Cartier, Sept-Îles and in Lower North Shore communities) on worker
training - 1996-1998. President of the Forum sur le développement social de la MRC de Sept-Rivières in 1997. Director of Table
nationale des Corporations de développement communautaire du Québec from 1998-2003
Federal: Defeated in Manicouagan in 1997 and 2004.
Party: Co-president of NDP Youth wing from 1990-1992. Associate president of the New Democratic Party of Canada from 2000-2004.
Special adviser to NDP Leader Jack Layton on Quebec issues since February 2005
Leadership: Defeated in bid for NDP federal leadership in 2003
Tel: ((418) 965-7702